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Detroit Lions sign QB/WR Joe Webb, OL Marcus Martin to practice squad

The Lions added a couple of interesting players to their 16-man practice squad.

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On Tuesday, the Detroit Lions released running back Jonathan Williams from their practice squad. That left two vacancies on the squad—the other one vacated when Detroit signed Kenny Wiggins up from the practice squad late last week.

On Wednesday morning, the Lions filled both those spots by signing quarterback/wide receiver Joe Webb and offensive lineman Marcus Martin to the practice squad.

Webb is the more notable addition, as the athletic quarterback-turned-wide-receiver-turned-quarterback is a fun weapon to watch. He last saw the field in 2018, as a wide receiver for the Texans, hauling in two catches for 13 yards in a game against the Colts.

His addition, as our own Alex Reno noted on Twitter, may be to emulate Detroit’s Week 3 opponent, Kyler Murray. Murray has been a dangerous weapon already for the Cardinals, especially on the ground. His 158 rushing yards is first among quarterbacks and ninth among all players. It’s worth noting, however, that the Lions listed Webb as a wide receiver.

As for Martin, he’s a former third-round pick for the 49ers. He hasn’t played in a game since 2016, bouncing around from San Francisco to Cleveland to Dallas and most recently with the Seahawks during 2019 training camp. He has some versatility to play either center or guard.

With Joe Dahl currently on injured reserve, the Lions likely want Martin simply for depth concerns. However, it seems unlikely he’ll see the active roster anytime soon.